Researchers: ChengHe Guan, Michael Keith
Description of work
The exploration of low-carbon, health-oriented walkable cities is not only imperative, but also has great significance in practice for any new urban development that will be undertaken. Among the residents, the urban migrant is one of the least studied groups regarding how active transport and low-carbon city policies affect them. Firstly, there has been a growing body of research on the ecological, health, safety, and green aspects of urban walking. These have spanned across many disciplines such as urban planning, architecture, traffic engineering, and urban economics. We propose to review and summarize a low-carbon, health orientation walkable city research theory. Secondly, various low-carbon, health-oriented urban walkability measures have been developed and refined through practice on digitalization of urban design. Furthermore, based on the gains and losses of existing research and practice, we project a forward-looking design and planning strategy in the development and research of walkable cities for urban migrants in the future.
Aims and research questions
This research aims at providing urban planning and design policy recommendations that promote active transport among urban migrants. The context or research object is urban migrants or floating populations in Chinese cities and Indian cities, how they exhibit similar or different travel behavior from local registered populations. As 300 million more people in China are expected to be urbanized, promoting active transport among urban migrants is crucial to achieve goals for low carbon cities and to build sustainable urban environments. The methods for quantitative investigation include spatial analysis, neighborhood urban form modeling, and household survey.